Government, Taxes, and Life
every government takes more
than it gives
"A little government and a little luck
are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either
of them." – P.
There are direct taxes of various sorts - these just
drain your pocket book.
There are taxes disguised as fees, licenses,
fines, and matching costs to an employer that could
have gone to the employee - more drain on
your pocket book.
There are the
expenses of government that
are indirect; tariffs, regulations, restrictions,
requirements, etc. - these raise costs to
those that supply you with goods and raise the prices
of the goods, and so drain your pocket book.
And there is the creation of money to pay for government
bills that taxes don't cover, this creates the hidden
tax of inflation and hurts most the poor and those on
No government can give more than
it takes. In fact governments
pay themselves and their friends first;
so no government gives nearly as much as it takes. Have
you noticed the difference between a tax hike and a tax
cut: a small tax increase can cost you thousands
while a major tax decrease only costs you hundreds more?
Governments routinely rob Peter to pay
Paul, and take a cut; then rob Paul to pay Peter, and
take themselves another cut. With both Peter and Paul
now diminished they still expect Peter and Paul's support
based on governmental generosity.
Governments may claim their new
project creates jobs, but where would the money have been spent
if it were still in private hands? It would be creating
jobs in areas that would directly benefit those who
had retained their own money to spend.
In many countries one half of income is absorbed by
taxes, requiring both parents to
work, one primarily to support the government. This has
caused many to look at moving
to a lower tax country,
but few follow up on the urge. Everyone around them is
in similar straits, it would be uncomfortable to change.
"The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries
and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in
the rain." - Colin Wilson
Don't let yourself be average. Don't let the limits of
what you have been taught and the experiences you were
allowed constrain your perceptions.
governments may come eventually from the shrinking
of bureaucracies with the ending of the industrial
age, but they will not shrink away quietly. Just because
it is important and inevitable does not mean it is
Quit worrying about
death and taxes, start concentrating on life after
taxes. If you live in a highly
regulated and taxed country, you can
a much better place to live.
it is up to you